There were many people around the world out in harmony today for science, and that gives me hope that people like my daughter with a mind at home in complex math and science will have a place in this world.
Shoutout: SWHS Math Team took 1st and 2nd places in WA State Mathematics Council competition today. Bravo Nerdy Birdies! Endless thanks to this man who has guided for years a weekly after-school group of highly motivated math students, filling a gap, seeking opportunities for these students to demonstrate their nerdy best, and then accompanying them to said opportunities.
My favorite sign from today: “Atoms Are What Make Us Matter”
I do not know the words or hymn, but it is harmony in the land of my ancestors.
Here is a shorter poem I have loved a long time that I hope she will not mind me posting, as a fan. (I attempt not to lift poets’ works directly for copyright).
It is foolish
to let a young redwood
grow next to a house.
Even in this
you will have to choose.
That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books –
Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.
~ Jane Hirshfield
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Here is a poem I wrote in 2013 I offer to #PoetsForScience, even though I have no Twitter account.
What We Forget
Look! The sun spotlights a stage,
pulls light green from dark
along the shoulders of giant firs.
Gold midges flutter in turbo clusters,
Bronze wings plummet flash quick
dizzying ups and downs
along spider hair tinsel.
Hundreds of gleamers spin slivers of light gracing the gap
between the trees.
Take all mechanisms of separation.
Give me more minutes standing watch,
remembering, feeling insects take off and land on my skin
in the dancing spaces where sun pools in the woods.
Poetry lives where we forget to see.
~ Erin Waterman